Afghanistan's Poppy Problem: Karzai's Brother Under Drug Suspicion
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is facing hard times. As his brother fights accusations that he's involved in the country's rampant drug trade, an increasing number of Afghans are disappointed by their government. Many are starting to think about potential presidential successors.
An Afghan laborer destroys poppies
Karzai, who has named fighting the poppy problem his most urgent task disputes the accusations against his brother. And SPIEGEL has learned that he has asked the United States ambassador to Afghanistan, Ronald Neumann, for a neutral investigation. Afghanistan currently accounts for 90 percent of the world's opium production, and the United Nations estimates that illicit drug sales comprise about 52 percent of the impoverished country's gross domestic product. Though millions of dollars are being pumped into programs to eradicate opium cultivation, the agricultural sector continues to grow like a cancerous tumor.
Graphic: The Heroin Roads
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